Sheldon Urges Halt Of Seismic Testing Off Florida’s Coast
TALLAHASSEE, FL — George Sheldon, Democratic candidate for Attorney General, broke with the Obama Administration today and urged a halt of plans to allow seismic testing off the Atlantic Coast of Florida. He said seismic testing is a first step toward oil drilling off Florida’s eastern coast and is likely to kill hundreds of thousands of fish and marine mammals from Cape Canaveral all the way to New Jersey.
“This testing will lead to a long-term, nonstop seismic onslaught that is likely to kill 380,000 fish and marine mammals, according to the Bureau’s own estimates,” Sheldon said in a statement released on his campaign web page on Monday.
“Seismic exploration for oil has the potential to be as disastrous to marine wildlife as oil drilling itself. “
Under the plan, survey ships towing a string of air guns and receivers will cruise back and forth over an area of the Atlantic ocean. The sound waves penetrate the geologic layers at the bottom of the ocean and send back signals that will map promising sites for oil drilling along the outer continental shelf.
Sheldon invoked memories of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, when he chaired a BP Claims Task Force created by Governor Charlie Crist to push BP toward a faster response to claims for compensation.
Sheldon noted that a public comment period on the testing permits ends August 15 and urged citizens to write to the Secretary of the Interior to protect the current plans. The address is Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, 1849 C Street N.W., Washington, DC, 20240.
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